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Dick Ellis Blog:
10/9/2019
Fall brings with it something for everyone in the field from the angler to the hunter.  Just a few recent sessions of shooting the bull tell me that autumn is for the youngest of outdoorsman just learning the games to those of us more seasoned with our eyes focused dead ahead on for example, the whitetail rut. James Wallace captured this great buck on trail camera during summer scouting. James Wallace, my nephew-in-law (is there such a ...
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Guns & Ice

Ice fishing of course continues to be the tactic of choice in Wisconsin in January and I suggest you keep tabs on our “Inland Fishing” or “Fishing Reports” pages to see what our guides are saying, and catching, on a weekly basis.  Our guides are not nuts for the most part and like any of us they have celebrated any reprieve in early winter that actually allows them to get out and target fish without freezing to death.

We’re as interested in your photos for posting as we are in the pros who fish for a living.  Send your hunting or fishing photos to ellis@onwisconsinoutdoors.com.

Wisconsin Fishing

Rich Heitman catches and releases nine pike with
Ty Kinziger in Waukesha County after a day in the cold with no action.

In addition to the fishing reports and photos, look for our first posting from the DNR that we put up recently focusing on the upcoming sturgeon season.  Once the spears start flying February 8, this DNR crew is great at keeping us updated on a daily basis, with photos.  I will be on the ice opening day at least to make sure we have our own stories and photos.  They’re expecting big, big fish and so far the water clarity is cooperating.

Also, connect with our “Firearms” page every week to see what new articles have been posted.  I would guess that our gun area receives more material for posting from around the country than any other area on the website.

Mark your calendars:

Join DNR Wildlife Technicians Chris Cole and John Christian at 7:00 pm on February 5 at the Horicon Marsh  Education and Visitor Center to learn more about the historic presence of trapping at Horicon Marsh and the management role it plays today.

This reporter has visited Horicon Marsh on several occasions as a guest of Wisconsin super trapper Arnie Groehler. You can’t follow Groehler around without getting a good story.  We’re going to post one of those stories here on this website under “Dick’s Trips”.

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Wisconsin trapper Arnold Groehler shows a raccoon taken 
on Horicon Marsh as part of a predator removal program that 
assists nesting waterfowl and egg production.

Speaking of trapping, On Wisconsin Outdoors appreciates the work of North American Fur Auctions Inc, including their advertising support.  Last season, NAFA sold…

Over 118,000 raccoons for $40.00 or more.

Over 105,000 muskrats for $16.00 or more.

Over 50,000 coyotes for $70.00 or more.

Over 40,000 red foxes for $60.00 or more.

Over 70,000 beavers for $40.00 or more.

Trappers, get the details in their ad in the online version (or print) of On Wisconsin Outdoors on page 14 on this website’s “homepage”.

The 2014 National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic will be held February 14 through February 16 at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee.  Find the full release under here under “Outdoor News”. Prime Leather Finishes and Prime Coatings, based in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, extend their invitation for you to visit them in booths #934 and #936.  See new product unveilings, enter to win a St. Croix Rod, purchase new leather care and outdoor protection products and enjoy special discounted show prices.

The Wisconsin Decoy and Sporting Collectibles Show will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1355 W. 20th Avenue, Oshkosh.  Buy, sell, trade….with free appraisals on Saturday and room to room trading on Thursday and Friday afternoon and evening.  For table information and appraisals call Roger Ludwig at 920-233-0349 or connect at rogfuzz@charter.net.

The Wisconsin 2014 Sport Show at the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center, 3456 Craig Road will be held March 14 through the 16.  Visit over 100 exhibitor booths and shop for boats, RVs, ATVs, outfitters, lodges, resorts, dogs and more.  For all the details, connect with wisportshow.com.

Thanks for connecting too with On Wisconsin Outdoors.  Shoot straight.

Dick Ellis